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Sermon by the Rev. Dr. George Hermanson, "."
It may be necessary to give a brief preface to this reading of this lesson that the "they" are:
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee.
It is they who had followed Joseph of Arimathea to see where Jesus' body had been placed, and had then gone home to wait for the Sabbath to be over.
Verse 1. Since it was not proper nor safe to be out at night, the women wait for early dawn, the first possible opportunity, to go to the tomb.
Luke's reporting of these details gives a continuous testimony of the whereabouts of Jesus' body. This helps to rebut any later possible suggestions of a hoax or tricks. (It is unthinkable that anyone would go to a tomb on the Sabbath, or at night.) However, it also noteworthy that women are given this honour.
Verses 2 to 8. Luke gives no explanation of how the large, heavy, stone was rolled away.
Again, the fact that the women are puzzled / perplexed that the tomb has been opened and Jesus' body is not there confirms that they were not part of any hoax or trick.